Vicente Luque Has His Eyes Set on Nate Diaz- States It Has the Potential to Be One of the Best Fights of the Year

Published 08/13/2021, 12:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Vicente Luque poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Luque will fight Jalin Turner in a welterweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Vicente Luque has slowly started to establish himself as the dark horse at 170-pounds. ‘The Silent Assassin’, who has been on a tear recently, has secured four wins in his last four outings. To top it off, all four wins have come via stoppage against some of the biggest names at welterweight. Luque is potentially one win away from a title shot and is on the hunt for his next opponent. 

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In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Luque shared his thoughts on a potential fight with Nate Diaz.

He said, “Between us, it’s going to be one of the best fights of the year. I think it is going to be an awesome fight. Both of us can take a lot of damage. So it is not a fight that is going to end early. But I am going to look to finish that fight, be it on the stand-up or be it on the ground. That is something really challenging, somebody finish Nate Diaz, so that is what I will be looking forward to do in that fight.”

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Vicente Luque has his eyes set on a stoppage win over Nate Diaz 

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The Silent Assassin’ has made it no secret that he wants a fight against Nate Diaz. The Stockton native is one of the biggest names in the sport and he has a host of fighters ready to get into the cage with him. However, given the recent results, it is unlikely that Luque will fight Diaz. 

After his recent win at UFC 265, ‘The Silent Assassin’ has been bumped up to #4 on the UFC’s welterweight rankings. This is just one spot behind Leon Edwards, who is also a win away from a title shot at this point in his career.

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Therefore, a fight between the two makes sense, with the winner taking on the winner of Colby Covington vs Kamaru Usman. 

What do you make of Vicente Luque’s recent run of form and comments on Nate Diaz? Who do you think should be next for ‘The Silent Assassin’? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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